With 31 destinations scattered across the globe, Aman has an escape for the sun chaser and the winter adventurer alike. Whether you prefer to grasp opportunities to getaway as they arise, or to look ahead to the months to come, a unique opportunity awaits.
Seize the summer
The most thrilling adventures are often the unplanned, last-minute ones. For those seeking the heady combination of sunshine and spontaneity, or keen to not let the summer slip away, many Aman destinations are now enjoying the best of the year’s weather.
Easy living on Bodrum's beaches
Surrounded by the azure Aegean, the Bodrum Peninsula makes up Turkey’s southwestern tip, with its beautiful scalloped coastline and lush pine forests carpeting the hillsides. Although Anatolia enjoys year-round warmth, the temperatures soar between June and September, averaging 35ºC and making the waters around Amanruya a swimmer’s paradise. A gentle sea breeze tempers the heat and clears the air — ideal conditions for water sports, or private cruises around the coastline on the resort’s elegant wooden gulets.
An oasis of calm
In the months of July and August, Shanghai and its surroundings bask in the warmest weather of the year. The camphor-tree canopy of Amanyangyun’s ancient forest setting provides welcome shade from the summer heat: dappled patches of sunlight trickle through the trees, creating a soothing, tranquil atmosphere. This peaceful sanctuary is the perfect refuge from the rapid pace of the city, tailor-made for summertime spa retreats, with the Aman Spa’s holistic ethos encompassing extensive thermal facilities, two swimming pools, and a large yoga and Pilates studio overlooking a reflection pond.
Hot springs and ryokan rituals
On the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu’s rustic ryokan-inspired retreat is where Japan’s ancient hospitality ritual finds its contemporary expression. Mineral-rich waters from a natural hot spring enable guests to embrace the tradition of onsen bathing – while nourishment in culinary form reflects a region famed for rare delicacies. Surrounded by Unesco pilgrim trails, sacred forests and the diving culture of the pearl-rich Pacific, here, rejuvenative retreats are imbued with a deeper cultural sensibility.
On the horizon
In many parts of the world, the autumn months offer an idyllic balance between sunshine and comfort, as long, warm days give way to breezy evenings, and new possibilities for activity and adventure arise.
Relaxation on the Mekong
In Laos, September and October mark the transition from wet season to dry, when the banks of the Mekong come alive with greenery and the replenished river carries Amantaka’s boat along with the current for scenic sunset cruises, engine-free. Every September for thousands of years, Luang Prabang’s Boat Racing Festival has pitted village oarsmen from surrounding districts against each other on the Nam Khan River, and in October the city’s sixth half-marathon will send runners from around the world on a 21km tour of the Unesco-listed temples and monuments, in aid of the Lao Friends Hospital for Children.
Autumn on the Grand Canal
As the heat and crowds relent from September onwards, Venice’s cultural calendar awakens. Mid-September sees the Regata Storica, with scores of 16th century boats parading down the Grand Canal, and in October guests are invited to experience La Fenice, as part of the Aman Venice Opera Series. On 21 November, one of the city’s most magical but under-the-radar festivals, the Festa della Salute, coaxes thousands across a specially constructed bridge to the Santa Maria della Salute basilica to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, and restaurants across the city add the festival’s signature dish — castradina (salted mutton) — to their menus.
Moorish days, Arabian nights
September and the following months here in North Africa bring respite from the blazing Moroccan summer. Warm in the daytime and refreshing by night, autumn is the ideal time to explore the souks of the Marrakech medina, hike to Berber villages at the foot of the Atlas Mountains or venture into the desert. At Amanjena, guests can sunbathe by day until November, refreshing themselves with Morocco’s traditional mint tea, and enjoy candlelit dinners at night — either beside the fire or in the resort’s regal olive-grove-set Caidal Tent, accompanied by local musicians.
Autumn sun in Tangalle Bay
Stirring ocean sunsets are a feature of Tangalle every evening, whatever the season, but from September to early December the crescent-shaped bay comes alive with sunny days and refreshing night-time showers, and until the end of October the waves are perfect for surfing. This time of year sees roads, beaches and national parks largely free of tourists, allowing Amanwella’s guests to explore the island unhindered by crowds. And with the onset of the Sri Lankan cricket season, tournaments take place along the coast.
From December, summer shifts into the southern hemisphere, the winds drop in the tropics and snow caps the mountains of the north. From ski adventures on the slopes to warming winter retreats, Aman destinations see out the season in style and serenity.
A haven of winter warmth
Turks & Caicos
The easterly trade winds keep the Turks & Caicos Islands in a near-constant state of cosseting warmth, with 350 days of sunshine a year and a temperature that rarely drops below 26ºC. Explore the surrounding warm waters and discover one of the Caribbean’s most extraordinary underwater worlds. A 27-kilometre barrier reef along the northeast shore offers some of the Turks & Caicos' best diving. A seasonal spirit of celebration begins with Thanksgiving in November and lasts through Christmas and beyond.
Diwali in Rajasthan
Escape to a secret garden estate in India’s rugged Aravalli Hills and reconnect within this rose-pink, Mughal-inspired sanctuary. This time of year in north India is enhanced by enriching cultural experiences: Diwali, the festival of light, celebrated on 7 November, is a precious time at Amanbagh, when 2,500 candles are lit and a special Diwali pooja (blessing) is conducted by the village’s holy man. The cooling temperatures provide perfect opportunities for yoga in the fresh air at the chhatri (open-air pavilion) of Ajabgarh, bicycle tours of surrounding villages and high-altitude hiking expeditions to the Pratapgarh Fort.
Sunlit shores and calm seas
Set on its own rainforest peninsula by Pansea Beach, Amanpuri is delightfully balmy and dry from December to March. Long sunny days see the seascape and shores settle to an almost Mediterranean state of turquoise calm, though with the distinctive pointed roofs of the pavilions and the fragrant scent of orchids there is no mistaking that you’re in Thailand. Join us as the resort’s 30th year comes to a close, at a time of year when water sports and underwater sea life are at their most enticing. As the day draws to a close, relax poolside as traditional Thai music wafts through the gently swaying coconut palms.